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Haas, Jim – NASSP Bulletin, 1983
Describes 20 ways in which secondary schools can enhance their learning climates, using time and effort in a more businesslike, productive way to increase orderliness and predictability; improve recognition of the value of time; emphasize excellence; and create a sense of purpose, openness, and optimism regarding learning and living. (Author/PGD)
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Educational Improvement, Organizational Effectiveness, Productivity
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Walker, John E. – NASSP Bulletin, 1983
Local districts can assess public opinion concerning the schools by adapting the questions asked and the data analysis methods used in national Gallup polls for use in local surveys. A comparison of national poll results with results of polls in four Arizona cities illustrates the value of this concept. (PGD)
Descriptors: Community Attitudes, Community Surveys, Elementary Secondary Education, National Surveys
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Young, Raymond J.; Berger, Donald E. – NASSP Bulletin, 1983
Describes the methods and results of an evaluation of a year-round junior high school program in the Bethel (Washington) school district. Discusses the opinions of teachers, students, and parents, and notes that tests revealed that student achievement levels were similar to those of a comparable district on a conventional schedule. (PGD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Junior High Schools, Nontraditional Education, Parent Attitudes
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Richburg, Robert W.; Sjogren, Douglas D. – NASSP Bulletin, 1983
Experience in 12 Colorado school districts suggests that implementation of a four-day school week can offer several benefits, including savings in fuel costs, decreased absenteeism, improved efficiency in activity-oriented classes, increased staff development time, and a flexible "fifth day" for extracurricular activities. (PGD)
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Educational Improvement, Efficiency, Elementary Secondary Education
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Chambers, John; Morehouse, Ellen R. – NASSP Bulletin, 1983
Describes the development and characteristics of the Student Assistance Program, a successful drug and alcohol abuse prevention and counseling program for high school students in Westchester County (New York). Students volunteering or required to accept counseling are abusers themselves or children of alcoholics. (PGD)
Descriptors: Alcohol Education, Cooperation, Counseling Services, Drug Abuse
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Sharp, Kenneth J. – NASSP Bulletin, 1983
Describes the characteristics and effectiveness of the I/D/E/A Principals' Inservice Program, in which principals form collegial support groups to encourage one another in planning and implementing personal professional development and school improvement projects and in committing themselves to permanent programs of continuous improvement. (PGD)
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Individual Development
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Bleifeld, Maurice – NASSP Bulletin, 1983
Discusses the nature of the movement to include scientific creationism in the school curriculum and science textbooks, explains the extent of scientists' acceptance of evolution, and describes actions being taken to counteract creationist efforts in an organized and effective manner. (PGD)
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Community Influence, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Creationism
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